How Much Should You Spend on a Bridal Party Present? You're only supposed to spend what you can comfortably afford.
When you receive a bridal shower invitation, the amount you should spend on a present will narrow down and steer your selections. A gift is expected at a wedding shower because the term "shower" refers to showering gifts on the bride (or couple). You should not arrive empty-handed, regardless of your financial situation.
A bridal shower gift should be between $25 and $75 in value. Your own budget and the bride's importance to you will determine how much you are able or willing to spend. Close relatives of the bride's family frequently go above and beyond to find the right present.
Keep in mind that this is only one of the costs you will incur as a wedding guest. Even if you donate a bridal shower gift, you are still obliged to give a wedding gift. You may also have to pay for airfare, wedding attire, and an engagement gift.
A decent rule of thumb is to set aside 20% of your overall present budget for the shower. For instance, if your entire budget is $200, you would spend $40 on the bridal shower gift, leaving $160 for wedding and engagement gifts.
The hostess of some wedding showers may have proposed a specific gift on an individual basis or a contribution to a bigger gift fund. Crowdfunding accounts are becoming more prevalent, and they may include a suggested gift. In this instance, it's still a good idea to bring a small present to the shower so you don't show up empty-handed.
Make a note of whether the bride has a registry wishlist that includes goods from a local store, a national chain, or an online retailer. This makes buying easier because you'll know the pricing ranges for these products and can be certain there aren't any duplicates. You're not bringing the fifth toaster to the shower.
Some bridal showers are specifically for personal items (lingerie) or for the home. If this is the case, go in that route. If you're giving a present that could be considered risqué, use your best judgment. At the shower, there may be more conservative relatives or youngsters. That may be saved for the bachelorette party.
While you must provide a present, you are not required to purchase anything. As a gift, you can include services that you are willing to perform. Include these as a gift voucher for the bride to redeem, perhaps in a box or basket with some essential goods.
You can price them based on what these services cost in your area, but typically, you should aim for a $75 value rather than the low end.
Give gift certificates for haircuts, styling, or nails, for example, if you are a beauty expert. This will undoubtedly be appreciated in the days leading up to and following the wedding.
A family heirloom, or the creation of a photo collage or scrapbook, can be a treasured shower gift. If you are a cook, homemade preserves or particular recipes make excellent gifts. You can also make souvenirs for the bride or pair by knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, or embroidering.
Whatever you contribute, let it come from the bottom of your heart. Don't go overboard, but do present something that conveys your best wishes to the couple.